Materials Requirements For Canada's Nuclear Power Program

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 70, No. 787, 1977

E. C. W. Ferryman, Director, Applied Research & Development, Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River, Ontario

Materials research and development has played an important role in the commercial success of the CANDU-PHW nuclear reactor and in the production of heavy water. Both capital investment and energy conservation demand very high component reliability in such systems. The interactions among reliability, plant performance and economics will be discussed in relation to materials research and development. Likely materials requirements for the nuclear industry over the next twenty-five years will also be discussed.
Keywords: Materials engineering, Nuclear power, Energy resources, Atomic energy, CANDU reactor, Power costs, Fuel cycles, Pickering, Heavy water, Bruce Plant.